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THE ONLY THING THAT WOULD MAKE THIS COOKBOOK BETTER IS IF JOY SENT A DESSERT WITH EACH BOOK. Sue Hill 5 Stars November 25, 2014

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:50am


Joy the Baker Homemade Decadence: Irresistibly Sweet, Salty, Gooey, Sticky, Fluffy, Creamy, Crunchy Treats   

I just love looking through this cookbook and seeing the photographs of these wonderful desserts. 
The cookie recipe that I want to make for Christmas is the "Melty Chocolate-Truffle Cookies."

JOY WILSON is the blogger behind the award-winning JoytheBaker.com. Joy’s photography has been featured in Food & Wine, Redbook, The Atlantic, and Forbes.com. Joy the Baker has been named one of the 50 Best Food Blogs by the London Times and Best Baking Blog by Saveur. She is also host of the Joy the Baker Podcast and the web series Bonkers Awesome! on Scripps’ Ulive network.  

Joy Wilson has created and photographed 125 recipes in Homemade Decadence. While I have not baked all 125, I can tell you that every recipe I've tried out from Joy the Baker so far has left me impressed - Not only due to the accuracy and ease of the instructions for each recipe, but also the taste, texture and all around incredible  look of the finished product.

Wonderful photos and a great index.






THE BREAD REVOLUTION.

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 11:14am
.My favorite bread cookbook is "THE TASSAJARA BREAD BOOK."  More than 30 years old, it covered whole grain bread making in an era when most people were still buying Wonder Bread.  It changed not only how I made bread, but the whole grain ingredients that I used.  I had never heard of the "sponge" method of raising bread and I enjoyed making making my loaves using my large white bowl.  "The Bread Revolution" by Peter Reinhart has the potential to revolutionize the making of bread for a new generation just like the "Tassajara Bread Book" did for mine.  The volume will be very interesting for those people who store whole grains and would enjoy the health benefits of baking with sprouted grains.

One negative note:  I was looking forward to this title then I opened the book and was disappointed at the font size and choice of print coloring. I found it difficult to read, might only be a personal issue. If you are using a protective cookbook stand in the kitchen for your recipes the print is very small and difficult to read at a glance while preparing a recipe.  Perhaps buying it as a ebook would making it more readable for the cooks who plan on preparing recipes from this book.

Story Time Review

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 8:29pm
Halloween Story Time
Our final week of this session and we did Halloween stories with the children. We read It's Halloween Night by Jennifer O'Connell, Ghost Ate it All by Janee Trasler, The Spooky Wheels on the Bus by Elizabeth Mills, Algernon Graves is Scary Enough by Peter Bollinger and How Big Could your Pumpkin Grow? by Wendell Miner.

Since the Ghost Ate it All book is so small I decided to translate it into a flannel board story. I printed off pictures of the food mentioned in the story and laminated it. I then made a tissue paper ghost and printed out a picture of the Frankenstein monster. This worked so well the kids really enjoyed it. As an extension activity I also printed out some picture of Halloween items like spiders and bats and such. I took an empty milk jug and cut out a square mouth and drew on some black eyes with magic marker. Then the kids took turns choosing a picture and feeding things to the ghost. Sorry somehow the photos of all of this got deleted from the staff camera! But I think you can use your imagination since it was fairly straight forward.

For our craft we continued with The Ghost Ate It All theme. I gave the children a die-cut ghost and some pictures of the Halloween items we used for the previous activity. They glued the ghost onto a piece of construction paper and added what they wanted inside the ghost. Then they could take home the ghost and retell the story.

Next session will begin in January! Registration day will be January 6th at 10:00 a.m.
See you all soon!

Michele Schumann,
Children's Librarian

Flour + Water Pasta

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:38am
From San Francisco's popular Italian restaurant,  "Flour + Water", comes a complete primer on the craft of pasta making.  You might think that a comprehensive tutorial in pasta making would be dry, but you’d be wrong. I read flour + water in one sitting, fascinated by the lively story of one of San Francisco’s great restaurants and the smartly written, easy to follow recipes. This is an enchanting, inspiring book.

Story Time Review

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:00am
When the Moon Hits Your Eye...This week for our Story Time classes we discussed the moon. We read The Mouse Who Ate the Moon by Petr Horacek, Papa Please Get Me the Moon by Eric Carle, Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes, and Hello Moon! by Francesca Simon with our Jr. classes. We added Ten Moonstruck Piglets by Lindsay Lee Johnson and The Boy and the Moon by James Carroll for our preschool classes.


We did some space finger plays and the song Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star with our Jr. kids. We sang the song Aiken Drum and used some picture props on the flannel board to help everyone remember the words. I also used the flannel board to introduce the nursery rhyme Hey Diddle Diddle. After we had done the rhyme the traditional way we mixed up the pictures so we ended up with a silly nonsense rhyme, something like... Hey diddle diddle the cow and the fiddle the dog jumped over the spoon, the little cat laughed to see such a thing and the dish ran away with the moon.

 For our older kids we did an activity on the white board. I used a picture of the moon taped on the
board and we talked about the legend of how some people say the moon is made of green cheese. Then I asked the kids to decide of what they thought the moon could be made of. We listed the answers on the board around the moon. One especially thoughtful child decided that since the moon floats in the sky it must be made of a balloon. Other answers included wood, bricks, bubbles and plastic.

For our craft we created a night sky picture with black construction paper, a yellow cut out of the moon and some star stickers. Our take home pages were a space objects page and a circle pre-writing practice sheet.

Next week: Stars and Space
Michele Schumann
Children's Librarian


Family LEGO night

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:07pm
Family LEGO Night
We held our second family LEGO night yesterday and it was a great time. We played a LEGO challenge game, LEGO bingo, had a bridge building challenge and time for free building. We displayed all the creations from the free build in our children's department and they look amazing, very creative!

Our bridge building challenge was a great success, with 3 teams building bridges that could hold 10 encyclopedias! The pictures below show the teams during the construction of these awesome structures. I unfortunately didn't get any photos during the bridge testing phase, since I was busy stacking encyclopedias up and getting them to balance too! If anyone got pixs, I would love it if you shared. :)

 Many thanks to all the families that attended!

Michele Schumann, Children's Librarian